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Smuttynose Star Island Single - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 615
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Our Star Island Single is an eminently sessionable, Belgian-style pale ale offering a beguiling mix of flavor and refreshment. This medium-bodied golden ale features a slight residual sweetness from Honey Malt and hints of citrus and tropical fruits from the unique Belgian yeast it is fermented with, leaving a crisp dry finish. Enjoy it sociably while you savor good times, tall tales, friendly company & life’s unexpected pleasures.

17.2 IBU

(Beer added by: JoeyBeerBelly on 06-09-2008)
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Photo of Jayli
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy amber color. There is a huge fluffy two finger white head with very good retention. Sticky lacing coated the glass the entire way down. Nose is very bready with a slight hint of citrusy hops. I pick up a touch of lemon in the nose. The taste is bread at first with citrus hops bite moving in and a more fruity taste to it - some orange here. The taste could have a bit more flavor. However, it has relatively smooth, crisp mouthfeel, slight carbonation and is a highly drinkable beer.

Jayli, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of williamherbert
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is clear and golden yellow. One finger of pure white head. Icy lace. Looks bright and inviting.

The smell is very funky and spicy, giving way to a sweeter, more fruity/citrus side.

The taste is a fruity start with orange and some sourish lemon. The flavor has a spicy Belgian funk, but also a sweet, fruity respite.

Thicker and more still than I expected. Tiny dancing fizz. Spicy but not overwhelming. Sweet at the end. Hella nice.

williamherbert, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of shirfan
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy amber with a quickly vanishing head.

Aroma isn't as good as the taste... cereal grain and a hint of coriander.

Taste: Light and easy to drink yet flavorful enough to be moreish. Bready malts with some nutty almond tones are backed by hints of coriander, orange rind, and pepper. Finishes on the sweet side, but not cloying. Clean mouthfeel, low on esters and hops.

Doesn't push any envelopes, but a solid, drinkable choice for warm weather.

shirfan, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12oz bottle with Best By Sep09 on the label. Hazy orange color, tiny white head. Pleasant enough aroma, sweet malt, spice, fruit. The aroma doesn't come through as well in the taste. A little fruit, some clove, rather peppery. A dry finish, but also a harsh bitterness to the mouthfeel. An OK beer, but I was expecting more.

lordofthewiens, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of damienblack
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden, minimal head and lacing. Visually mediocre. Smells almost like a saison - yeasty and musty/flowery, like a stuffed up earthiness. Just doesn't smell quite that dry, a little bit of sweetness there instead. A bit of spiciness.

Taste is pretty straightforward - mild sweetness, a little nutty, a little floral. Finishes off-dry with a bit of spiciness. Light hopping adds a nice little twist to the end. Very light in body, well carbonated, clean and easy to drink. Smooth and creamy. A decent session Belgian-lite, nothing to go out of the way for, and while Smutty's done better, it could be worse.

damienblack, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bah, a replacement for the Portsmouth Lager? Why? Best by Sept 2009

A: A mildly hazy orange with bright orange highlights. Thin white head with good retention, there's a disk even 40 minutes later

S: Mildly spicy, with some floral notes, mild jasmine and rose. Spice character is mildly peppery with some herbal character.

T: Opens up mildly spicy with some nutty character - chestnuts? Mild floral character. There's some sweetness and some honey-like character. Finishes dry with a little spice

M: Light with decent carbonation and a good finish

D: While this goes down easy, I don't necessarily feel like this is something I'll go back to.

DefenCorps, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Willimantic Brewing Co. in a Willibrew pint glass.

A: Poured a golden yellow color with a slight chilled haze from yeast particles left suspended in the brew. A thin head of fizzy white foam leaves little lace.

S: Smells like ground white pepper, citrus fruits, a bit of mint and clove.

T: Taste is thin and more malty than bitter. The flavor throws off a bi of citrus fruit as well as banana and toasted biscuit flavors. The light hopping adds a dimension of spice in the form of clove, pepper and zesty lemon peel.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and a tad astringent.

D: A decent ale, but not really a great representation of the Belgian Pale Style. It's missing that distinct European hop essence, but it's not a bad drinking brew. Good for lighter beer drinkers who want to session in the Belgian tradition while staying attached to American roots.

Gambrinus1184, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dirty yellow/light orange with a fair head and little lacing. Slight haze overall.

Yeasty and chemical alcohol aroma. Some bitter citric scents here.

Spice, like light clove and even white pepper, with alcohol, yeast, and bitter orange rind notes. Sounds a bit rough? Not really, it is actually really smooth.

Decent body and carbonation.

Overall, I was surprised by he drinkability, as I downed the pint pretty quick. But not a favorite. Some woody alcohol element to this that I'm not digging, and the overall flavors are a little mild. This might a be a real short run for a year-rounder for Smutty.

OtherShoe2, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of joepais
2.68/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the Portsmouth brewery. It was served in a pint glass a finger worth of white head that went to a thin lace the body was a pale yellow.

Aromas of light yeast and grain came from the glass. The flavor was like a blond ale with some spice thrown it. It was light and watery in the mouthfeel department.

As you can tell I am not digging this brew. This is a pour example of a Belgian pale or an abbey style single at that. I heard someone at the bar said it reminded them of a light beer. I am really sorry I wanted to like it but I couldn't, average at best. I may be spoiled because I have had the tops in this style. This one comes way short of the mark in aroma, where is the Belgian yeast? As for the flavor, where is the typical spice and carbonation for my tongue? I know some people may think I am hard on it because it replaced the Larger but really I'm not. Smutty you can do better
Oh ya it drinks like a lite beer so I guess its drinkable

Edit I saw this poured into a tulip glass today with a rough pour and it looked better so i upped the score

joepais, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Novare Res this past weekend.

Pours a hazy golden orange-ish color, decent sized fluffy looking head and leaves some lacing.

Smell is rather tame for a Belgian style beer, light citrusy/yeasty aroma and sweet malt, but the aroma is barely present for something that is pound you over the head like most Belgian styles.

Taste is rather light and not very flavorful, mostly a yeasty presence accompanied with some citrus and a dash of orange, the good thing is that it's feels rather creamy and soft and tends to be easily drinkable, I think I went through a pint in under 5 minutes, although it's not a very adventurous beer which might be the case.

I have to say I'm a bit underwhelmed with this beer though, especially since it's replacing the Portsmouth Lager, one of the better year round lagers available.

deltatauhobbit, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had not seen this before I had it on tap last night at the Dirty Truth.

Presented in a stemmed glass.

Poured a golden straw color with about a half inch of foam.

Smell is very sweet malt, faint hop earthiness, not much else.

Taste is that of a light dubbel, that is the best way I can describe it. Its sweet but not too sweet with some grassy notes.

Very easy drinking beer, as close to a "Belgian Session" as I've had. If this is the beer they end up bottling and replacing Portsmouth Lager with, it will be a nice addition to the Smutty family.

indiapaleale, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 7/4/08. Growler from Big Z, Huntington, NY. Pours a light clear orange with a small white head. Aroma of light fruit, tart raspberries, raspberry jam, and light flowery hops. Initial flavor of spices, anise star, light fruit, crisp apple, wheat/bready malt. So light and crisp, a little hot with all the spices. Absolutely delicious and easy to drink.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of sleazo
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just tapped at The Diamond.

A_Amber coloured and quite hazy. A huge fluffy head corwned the beer and really didn't want to leave. Concentric rings of lace clung to the glass to the very end.

S_Very bready. Slight generic hops

T_The first sip is bread like and has a generic hop bitterness. There is also a bit of charcoal The finish is fruity esters, bananas and tropical fruit. There is also a bit of bubblegum from the yeast. While not particularly yeasty, those little biggers do make their presence known.

M_ Smooth mouthfeel with light but tight carbonation.

D_A very good interpretation of the style and highly quaffable. I definitely hope to see this one again.

sleazo, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Moan and Dove. The drink had a dark, murky, orange-gold appearance with a couple centimeter thick head with some creamy lacing. The aromas were strong in the citrus category, wrapped in bready textures. The taste was overall sweet, mainly in the drinks mix of doughy starches and orange sweetness. Medium body was not too crisp but allowed the flavors to be the main show of the drink. Overall, particularly sweet but good.

fitzy84, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap @ Blind Tiger, NYC:

Poured into tulip glass:

Pours hazed golden with a thin white creamy head that leaves a bit of lacing.

The smell is of citrus (lemon) peel, floral notes, some bubblegum.

The taste is sweet - candy sugar, sweetened lemon - a bit tart with bready yeast in the back. Thinnish finish.

Light-bodied. Mild carbonation makes it a bit watery.

A sweeet attmept at a BPA. Not a bad stab, but, a bit too thinnish and sweetish compared to the classic representation, IMO. Still, it has a refreshing quality to it.

jwc215, Jun 13, 2008
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Smuttynose Star Island Single from Smuttynose Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 615 ratings.